January 27, 2022

Research Tools: C-SPAN Video Library Commencement Speech Collection Closes in on 850 Speeches to Watch, Keyword Search

College commencement season is underway so it’s a good time for a reminder about C-SPAN Video Library commencement speech collection. 

2018-05-10_11-07-08As of May 10, 2018 the collection provides users with 844 commencement speeches to view online and keyword search (using a transcript generated from the closed-captioning). New entries are added regularly (often within hours of the address being given). With a few exceptions the collection begins in the mid to late 1980s. 

Numerous ways to limit and sort results are available.

Finally, all of the videos in this collection as well as all of the videos in the C-SPAN Video Library provide a feature where users can easily create and share “custom clips” of the material.

You’ll need a C-SPAN Video Library login (free).

At this time the C-SPAN Video Library contains more than 234,000 hours of material.

Direct to Custom Clip “How-to” Guide

Direct to C-SPAN Video Library Commencement Speech Collection

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.